Board taking grant requests

The Okanagan Basin Water Board is now accepting applications for its 2013 water conservation and quality improvement grant program

The Okanagan Basin Water Board is now accepting applications for its 2013 water conservation and quality improvement grant program.

The program has $300,000 available for projects that conserve water or improve its quality.

Eligible recipients include non-profit community groups, local governments (regional districts or municipalities), and irrigation or improvement districts. Successful applicants can receive up to $30,000 for their project.

The program’s priorities are projects that benefit the entire Okanagan and show collaboration.

“The idea of providing valley-wide benefit is based on the fact that all water in the Okanagan is connected, from Armstrong to Osoyoos,” said James Littley, office manager.

Projects funded last year included a make-your-own rain barrel workshop hosted by the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Okanagan Science Centre’s WaterWorks display.

This year’s application deadline is 4 p.m. Feb. 22.

Information on the application process can be found at www.obwb.ca/application/.